Tis the Season for Carbon Neutral Boozen'

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For some, being in such tight quarters with the family can drive you to drink. Or maybe you just want a nice glass of pinot with your vegan roast. Either way, finding sustainable wines can be as important as finding sustainable eats. And fortunately Mother Nature Network just released its list of completely carbon neutral wineries. Save the guilt for that second piece of pumpkin pie.According to Mother Nature Network, the market for carbon neutral wines has expanded tremendously since Collin wrote that Grove Mill Winery became the first carbon neutral winery back in 2006.

The list included Australia's first carbon neutral winery, Cullen Wines, Cono Sur Vineyards in Chile, Backsberg Estate Cellars in South Africa, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards in British Columbia, as well as America's first carbon neutral vineyard, Parducci Wine Cellars. The wineries reduce carbon emissions through practices like replanting native plants, composting all harvest waste, finding glass produced as close to site as possible, using light weight bottles, and using sustainable irrigation practices. The remaining carbon output is offset through programs like Climate Smart and Offsetters.

Sustainable Wine Shopping
Take into account that though these inspirational wineries may lead the pack when it comes to sustainability, if they are flown in from 5,000 miles away you're likely still putting a dent in your carbon footprint. Some basic conclusions from Mairi's post on carbon and wine are that organic is not always better. The mode of transportation used to get the wine to you is crucial. Shipping is the best mode followed by trucking, with air freight coming in dead last. The less packaging, the better, and if you can find good wine locally it's obviously your best bet.

More on Wine Sustainability:
Ship or Truck Transport Makes All the Difference in Wine's Carbon Footprint
The World's 5 Most Wicked Green Wineries
Wine In A Box: The Greenest Way To Drink?

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